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The Canadian Mental Health Association hosted the Cutting Edge Pop­-up Shop at its Portage Avenue office on Aug. 16. The pop-up featured clothing, fabric products and accessories made by current and past participants in Cutting Edge’s skill-development programs as well as other local designers including Ayoko Design, Style & Sass by Amanda and Julie Pedersen.

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The Canadian Mental Health Association hosted the Cutting Edge Pop­-up Shop at its Portage Avenue office on Aug. 16. The pop-up featured clothing, fabric products and accessories made by current and past participants in Cutting Edge’s skill-development programs as well as other local designers including Ayoko Design, Style & Sass by Amanda and Julie Pedersen.

Established this year, Cutting Edge Quality Designs and Manufacturing is the social enterprise of the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute. The institute works to empower a rapidly growing community of women from diverse backgrounds to achieve economic and social stability. Cutting Edge describes itself as a “one-stop shop for ethical, custom-designed promotional bags and fabric products” and works to provide newcomers to Canada with opportunities to build their skills and access economic opportunities.

The University of Winnipeg’s Diversity Food Services was also on hand at the pop-up to provide snacks to vendors and shoppers. Ten per cent of revenues from the pop-up will be invested to support community mental health. For more information, visit thecuttingedgedesigns.ca or cmwi.ca.

Shopper Steckler (right) checks out the designs of Julie Pedersen.
Rubab Fatima, sales and marketing specialist with the Cutting Edge (left), and a shopper check out the designs of Julie Pedersen.
Cutting Edge operations manager Anne-Lydie Bolay (from left), employee Samina Parveen, former participant Mafata Keita and volunteer Habib Khanam show off a little bit of what’s available.
Sawsan Al-Jumaila of Sawsan Designs (left) shows off her wares along with Cutting Edge participant Fatumo Osmon.
Yoko Chapman of Ayoko Design (left) and Rubab Fatima, Cutting Edge sales and marketing specialist, share products from the Cutting Edge Heartfelt line.
Cutting Edge participant Kadidia Coulibaly shows off some of her designs.
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